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Gary W House
Three ideas come to mind:
Approach a local engineering firm in your area and simply tell them you are looking for an internship and/or part-time employment while in school. You might be surprised. I did that (and know of others) and it was a good way to see what real-life engineering looks like.
Also, have you considered large engineering organizations like the U.S. Corps of Engineers (the federal government engineering organization)? They have a Co-Op program that is good for both parties. Thousands have participated in that program.
Lastly, there are internship specialists who help students looking for internships and companies/agencies looking for inters. One example is HNIP (http://www.hacu.net/hacu/HNIP.asp); they award about 500 internships annually (you do not have to be Hispanic to apply).
Use your college's career development center. - they probably have career workshops where you can talk directly with the company.
Build your network - try linkedin
There's online resources like Indeed.com, SimplyHired, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor, where you can browse for internships and jobs
Also it's worth applying directly on the company's website.
Internships aren't as easy to find as one might think. Don't get discouraged if you don't have any luck. Internships are all about networking. There are roughly 2 types of employers that want interns 1) Companies who want to grab someone before they graduate and 2) Friends and Family. If you don't have a connection into a company seeking civil engineers, look for anyone you might know with an engineering job since several fields are compatible. Also, you might be surprised to learn that Electrical Engineers have Civil Engineer friends, etc. If you try to pursue a company for an internship outright, don't let them know that they might be a stepping stone to greatness. You have to sell them on how you can make a difference now, and why you have always wanted to work for their company, now and in the future.